The Islamic regime in Tehran plans to slash the supply of subsided gasoline to the public by 45 percent and ration individual purchases to 55 liters (14.5 US gallons) per month, down from the 100 (26.3 US gallons) allowed at present. This announcement Wednesday, Oct. 8, by Iranian oil minister Massoud Mirkazemi was Tehran’s second step ahead of an expected showdown with the West over its nuclear program.
Analysis. As mentioned in the article, the last time that severe gas rationing was imposed, there was great civil unrest. The same should be expected this time.
The article also mentions that this may have been done in anticipation of a conflict occurring in the area with the United States. At the moment that does not appear to be a probability although the United states may be forced into a conflict begun by others.
This may also be an effort to limit the mobility of the civilian population give the current state of unrest in the country that has been documented here almost daily.
This gasoline rationing will probably force most people to take mass transit where they may be much more easily controlled.
This may also be in preparation for a future offensive against the Sunni states in the area.
Source: World Threats